CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – A crime alert in Chesterfield, where robbers want your food and beer -- and will use violence to get them. Right now police are handling 16 investigations in which crooks snatched edible goods from homes, cars and people on the street.
Violence over beer and corner store snacks. Charles Harris can't believe it's happening.
"What do you think if someone held you up for this stuff [Cheetos and Diet Coke]? They could have it really quick. That I would not have a problem with. I would not stop someone if they came up and said to me they wanted what was in this bag. They could have it," Charles said.
His daily routine of Cheetos and diet soda isn't worth risking his life.
"I'm amazed at what people will do with a gun for anything nowadays," he said.
16 times in the last 25 days of October criminals have scoured fridges, cabinets, even concession stands. And so far this month crooks have snatched consumable goods out of two cars. They went looking for money and technology but took anything they could get their hands on including food and drinks.
"People are poor and hungry," said shopper Jason Miles.
Jason Miles says there's no reason anyone should resort to stealing.
"With all the help that you can get, especially for food-- food stamps, there's plenty of food banks and stuff out there," he stated.
Concerned shopper Dariano Marrero understands times are tough. He just got two dogs for protection.
"And it's getting bad, it really is. It's sad," he said.
Some thieves are armed with guns. So far this month, three people were beaten for the things in their bags. Dariano has seen several people shoplift food.
"The way the economy is, I don't think it's going to get any better any time soon," Dariano said.
If you have any information that can help Chesterfield police call Crime Solvers at 748-0660.